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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Dak Prescott

15 players to watch during NFL training camp

Andrew Luck

Training camp may not be the most exciting time of the NFL season, but it’s home to a lot of storylines and things to watch. There are players looking to prove themselves and others who want to push for opportunities during the regular season, as well as the annual camp battles at several positions for a number of teams.

So who should you be watching as training camp gets underway? Here’s a list of 15 players worth paying attention to.

1) Andrew Luck, QB, Colts

All eyes will be on Luck’s health as training camp gets underway. The hope is that his shoulder problems are finally behind him, though the Colts have made clear that they’re going to watch him closely and not push him too far too soon. He’ll be worth watching in camp not just for his health, but for the quality of his passing. It’s been a long time since Luck pushed himself. How sharp will the former No. 1 pick be?

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Dak Prescott reacts to Dez Bryant’s release

Dak Prescott

Dez Bryant is no longer a Dallas Cowboy, and that’s unfortunate news from Dak Prescott’s perspective.

Prescott admitted he was sorry to see Bryant go and praised his former teammate.

“Yeah, obviously it’s sad news. That’s like a brother to me,” Prescott said Saturday, via the team’s official website. “You can put the football stuff behind you. What he meant to me as a person, what he meant to me as a brother. It’s tough to see him go.

Prescott admitted he has traded texts with Bryant since his release, and said the front office never asked his input on whether to keep the receiver.

“I’m in my second year,” Prescott said. “As much as you want to say, ‘I want a say-so’ or this and that, those guys get paid a lot more than me. That’s what those guys get paid to do. That’s not my decision. I didn’t really know if it was happening. I can’t say I fully thought it would happen.”

Prescott and Bryant have been plagued by rumors of discord, which Prescott consistently denied. He’s saying all the right things in the wake of his teammate’s release as the Cowboys well and truly turn the offense over to him.

Dak Prescott dismisses chemistry issues with Dez Bryant

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has heard enough rumors that he lacks chemistry with wide receiver Dez Bryant.

Prescott told NBC Sports Radio’s The Newy Scruggs Show that he has no worries about his chemistry with Bryant, and that the two will continue to work to forge a better connection with each other.

“Me and Dez, we’re continuously growing,” Prescott said, via Kate Hairopoulos of SportsDay. “There’s no chemistry and all that – that is just talk. That’s cheap. Me and Dez have great chemistry, we’re great friends, so we’re good on the field and off the field. We’re just continuing to work. We’re two guys that want to be great and that’s in our blood and it aggravates us and annoys us more than anybody when we’re not connecting. …Me and him will figure it out.”

Bryant and Prescott have never quite clicked together, and the former All-Pro has seen his numbers fall a bit over the last two seasons. That has sparked rumors of chemistry issues. Some rumors indicate that Prescott and Bryant may not even get the chance to strengthen their relationship.

Terrell Owens defends Dak Prescott, says Jason Garrett ‘thinks he knows it all’

Terrell Owens

If Terrell Owens keeps hearing Dallas Cowboys fans criticize Dak Prescott on social media, we may end up getting a repeat of his infamous teary-eyed “that’s my quarterback” speech.

Owens answered some questions for fans on Twitter over the weekend, and it wasn’t long before the Q&A turned into a chance for him to vent about how his run with the Cowboys ended. When one follower said Prescott is the real problem in Dallas and has turned people against Dez Bryant, Owens was quick to defend the young quarterback while bashing Jason Garrett.

As he has said numerous times in the past, Owens also went back to how he believes Garrett and Tony Romo ran him out of Dallas.

T.O.’s rant about Prescott and the Cowboys came not long after he unloaded on Donovan McNabb and some of his other former coaches. Even though he’s now 44 and has not played in the NFL since 2010, it’s clear some of these wounds will never heal for Owens.

Stephen Jones: Cowboys want to build offense around Dak Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys are looking at ways to retool their offense after missing the playoffs, and they appear intent on building around their quarterback.

Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said Monday that the team hopes to center the offense more around Dak Prescott going forward, in the belief that he can be one of the game’s elite players.

Though the Cowboys have Ezekiel Elliott at running back, they clearly want to make sure Prescott can be at his best. That may involve moving on from some big names that Prescott simply hasn’t clicked with. Prescott is the future, and the Cowboys definitely want to maximize his potential.

Dak Prescott says his relationship with Dez Bryant is ‘great’

Dak Prescott

Dez Bryant made it clear this week that he is frustrated with the Dallas Cowboys, and some wondered if his comments indicated some of that frustration stems from the way Dak Prescott has played. Prescott seems confident that is not the case.

When asked on Thursday about his relationship with Bryant, Prescott said the two are “true friends” regardless of any struggles the team has had.

Bryant indicated on Wednesday that he believes the Cowboys’ offensive scheme has been an issue. Some of what he said seemed like a veiled shot at Prescott, and it’s fair to wonder if he thinks the second-year QB is underperforming given how successful Bryant was when Tony Romo was still the starter in Dallas.

While Bryant said he wants to remain with the Cowboys this offseason, it’s clear he would not be open to taking a pay cut. Prescott would hate to see the team explore the possibility of moving on from Dez.

Prescott said prior to the season that his chemistry with Bryant has improved, but the results tell a different story. Bryant has caught just 66 passes for 814 yards and six touchdowns despite appearing in all 15 games.

Dak Prescott gets X-rays on hand after taking hard hit

Dak Prescott hand

The Dallas Cowboys made a risky play call to convert a 3rd-and-1 in the red zone, and they paid the price.

Dak Prescott was called on to run an option play in the second quarter and ended up pitching the ball, but he was drilled in the process. Replays showed the Cowboys quarterback getting crushed by Josh Harvey-Clemons, with Harvey-Clemsons’ helmet hitting Prescott in the right hand.

Prescott went into the locker room to undergo X-rays and was termed questionable to return. He later rejoined his team back on the sideline, but his throwing hand was heavily bandaged.

Cowboys backup quarterback Cooper Rush was seen putting his helmet to get ready to replace Prescott.

Prior to his hand injury, Prescott was 5-for-10 and threw his first touchdown pass since Nov. 5.